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Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Appoints Council Advisors 
Three Members have been appointed to serve as Advisors on the ASSAf Council for the 2016 - 2020 cycle.
Prof Wieland Gevers is Emeritus Professor of Medical Biochemistry at UCT and a previous President, Executive Officer and General Secretary of ASSAf.
Prof Evance Kalula is Professor and Director of the International Academic Programmes Office and the Confucius Institute. He holds a personal chair as Professor of Employment Law and Social Security, UCT.
Prof Sunil Maharaj is Director of the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit and holds the South African Research Chair in Gravitating Systems and is a Senior Professor of Applied Mathematics at UKZN.
ASSAf Annual Humanities Lecture
The inaugural ASSAf Annual Humanities Lecture entitled “Has Rhodes Fallen? Decolonising the Humanities in Africa and Constructing Intellectual Sovereignty” was delivered by Prof Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society, on 9 March 2017 in Pretoria.
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ASSAf Announces Winner of Humanities Book Award
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has announced the winner of its first Humanities Book Award. The award was presented to Prof Keith Breckenridge for his book titled Biometric State: The Global Politics of Identification and Surveillance in South Africa, 1850 to the Present.
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Science and Business Meet
In an effort to bridge the gap between science, business and society in the SADC region, ASSAf partnered with various organisations to host the 2016 Science-Business-Society Dialogue Conference in December 2016.
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AU Commission appoints High Level African Panel on Emerging Technologies
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), HE Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has made a landmark decision by appointing ten (10) eminent experts from various fields to serve on the High Level African Panel on Emerging Technologies (APET).
Left: Roseanne Diab, Executive Officer of ASSAf
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Urban health under the spotlight
Rapid urbanisation in low and middle-income countries is having a significant impact on the health and well-being of the world’s population. Health care services in growing cities are struggling, and are already swamped with ongoing challenges like infectious diseases.
Left: Jo Boufford, President of The New York Academy of Medicine
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Reports take stock of global issues
Human rights and social determinants of health are the subjects of two reports released by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in January 2017.
Human Rights Report
Social Determinants of Health Report
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Journeys into Space Science
ASSAf recently co-hosted a lecture on Journeys into Space Science with the Embassy of the United States of America in South Africa (US Embassy). Mr Jim Adams, retired Deputy Chief Technologist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) delivered a lecture on Journeys into Space Science: Opportunities for Innovation at the NRF’s Albert Luthuli auditorium in Pretoria on 13 March 2017.
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Poverty Reduction in Africa Report Released
The reduction of poverty in Africa is the subject of a report released by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) on 14 February 2017. The report reflects the proceedings of a two-day workshop attended by representatives of 22 African science academies that was held in November last year.
Poverty Reduction Proceedings Report

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Top Young Scientists Selected for Prestigious Meeting
Five young South Africans nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) have been included in the 400 young scientists from 76 countries selected to participate in this year’s 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.
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Evaluation of African Institutional Repositories
ASSAf has partnered with the Association of African Universities (AAU) to compile an instrument for the evaluation of African institutional repositories. The instrument will be aligned with instruments used globally, but will be adapted for an African context.
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ASSAf and SAYAS at the Science Forum 2016
ASSAf and the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) hosted a panel session on International Networking Opportunities for African Young Scientists: A Case Study of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.
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Consultative Workshop on Climate Change S&T in South Africa
A consultative workshop on science and technology (S&T) related to climate change in South Africa was hosted by ASSAf on 18 January 2017.
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ASSAf-Famelab Heat Winner Announced
The quality of borehole water was the subject of the winning presentation at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)-Famelab Heat held in Pretoria on 2 March 2017. Clarissa van der Loo, a doctoral student at the University of Johannesburg, discussed organisms found in borehole water and the health dangers lurking in it.
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National Scholarly Book Publishers’ Forum Meets
On 6 December 2016, the National Scholarly Book Publishers’ Forum (NSBPF) held a business meeting and workshop via video conferencing in Pretoria and Cape Town. The meeting was chaired by Prof Robin Crewe. Ten members attended the business meeting in Pretoria and eight in Cape Town.
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ASSAf Members in the News
The diversity of its Membership, embracing the full disciplinary spectrum, enables ASSAf to focus on issues of a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral nature and to bring the strengths of a fully inclusive approach to bear on the issues of national and international concern. These Members achieve is their individual fields.
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ICSU ROA Appointments
The International Council for Science (ICSU) Regional Office for Africa (ROA) recently appointed two new staff members.
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African Open Science Initiatives
The African Open Science Platform initiative that seeks to put into practice the principles and enabling practices for Open Data and Open Science was launched during the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) 2016.
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SA Open Science Policy Workshop
The South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) is drafting a White Paper on Science and Technology for completion in 2017. The White Paper will guide the strategic direction of the South African System for Research and Innovation for the next decade.
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South African Journal of Science

The South African Journal of Science is a multidisciplinary science journal published bimonthly by the Academy of Science of South Africa. Our mandate is to publish original research with an interdisciplinary or regional focus and to provide a forum for discussion of news and developments in research and higher education.

SciFest 2017
ASSAf participated in SciFest 2017, which took place from 7 to 14 March 2017 in Grahamstown. ASSAf made use of the opportunity to showcase the Quest: Science for South Africa magazine to the 56 000 visitors that attended the event.
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TWAS-ROSSA Announced Winner of Prestigious Award
The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office of sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) announced the winner of its annual Regional Young Scientists’ award. Ms Alice Wamundiya, a Rwandan national based at the University of the Witwatersrand is the recipient of this prestigious prize.
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TWAS-ROSSA Attends TWAS-ROCASA Young Scientists’ Conference
TWAS-ROSSA nominated ten young scientists from sub-Saharan Africa (Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe) to attend The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for Central and South Asia (TWAS-ROCASA) young scientists’ conference in Bangalore (India) in December 2016.
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